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Legendary director George A. Romero dies aged 77

Legendary director George A. Romero dies aged 77

He also directed other horror classics like 1973's The Crazies, 1978's Martin and 1982's Creep Show.

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At the time of his death, the acclaimed filmmaker was listening to his favorite score from the film The Quiet Man, and he was surrounded by his family, including his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FILM DIRECTOR, GEORGE A. ROMERO SAYING: "But its incredible that this is a film I made over 40 years ago and I just can't believe that the new edition is out here now, so long later".

Romero told Associated Press: 'People say, "You're trapped in this genre".

"His zombie films alone are the work of a major satirist, being highly vivid socio-political metaphors and sometimes better records of the years in which they were made than countless serious dramas".

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His undead creatures stumbled after their human prey, transforming them into zombies in turn by biting into their flesh, and perishing only after a shot to the head.

Steeltown Entertainment Project recently honored the director with its Pioneer Award, and Phipps Conservatory named two corpse flowers after him: Romero and Barbara, a character in "Night of the Living Dead". Romero admitted he was himself influenced by Richard Matheson's 1954 novel I Am Legend.

His non-zombie films of that period gained more attention, including "Knightridgers" about jousters who re-enact tournaments on motorcycles and the anthology "Creepshow" written by Stephen King. "So I've been able to express my political views through those films". He attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and graduated in 1960 from the university's College of Fine Arts.

Born in the Bronx, Romero's father was Cuban and his mother Lithuanian. He got his start in the entertainment business by filming commercials and shorts, including a segment on Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.


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